Thanks for taking the time to view my 2020 gadget list. This year the list is heavily influenced by WFH gadgets as the COVID pandemic has changed our lives completely. You will also note that for the second year in a row there is no iPhone. Once again Apple has produced an OK incremental upgrade but isn’t worthy of being on the list.
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Aveine Smart Aerator
Wine Save Pro
THE most hotly anticipated console of the decade. Expected to trounce Microsoft in sales given their existing 140mln user base and better title release slate. The PS5 has launched to huge disappointment from fans around the world arising from global shortages. The PS5 features super fast SSD so no more long load times between levels, blistering graphics that are 4K enabled and big upgrades to the controller. You will now feel the difference between guns for example as the controller provides haptic feedback
Sony Wireless Lamp Speakers
Its a speaker, its a lamp, its just a really pretty piece of kit that you can put on your side table and not be classed as too much of a geek
It used to be that you knew you were in a fancy restaurants if they had infrared operated taps. Today its common place outside but no in the home…yet. With COVID today there is a greater need to reduce the amount of contact you have with surfaces when washing your hands. This is just a super convenient and cheap gadget that will make life that much easier
LG Widescreen Monitor
Wake Up Therapy Philips
Google Mesh WIFI
Personally I am tempted to go old school and buy a desktop PC that is wired into my router. Because if WFH is going to a somewhat permanent feature, why are we using laptops again? Regardless, everyone has had bad experiences of WIFI connection issues. If you have thick walls or a larger house it can be very sketchy getting signal. Invest in a mesh network to extend your WIFI signal across your house, money well spent
Nanit Baby Monitor
Jabra Bluetooth Headset
Another benefit of WFH has been how much everyone has been cooking. Anyone that has made a large roast or steak knows just how tricky it can be to properly cook the meat through. Having a wired thermometer is fine if its on the griddle but using an oven it can be a pain. Enter Meater, wireless thermometer that you stick in the meat whilst in the oven and alerts your app when the meat is ready, easy!
If your home office has poor lighting it will make you look ill and tired. Not really what you want when trying to look your best for that important zoom call. Invest in a simple and cheap ring light to banish dull washed out skin to a thing of the past
Jabre Bluetooth Conference Speaker
One of the benefits of WFH has been Zoom dinners. I am not sure about you, but I have actually really enjoyed them. Catching up with people from around the world over video is acceptable and is a really positive tailwind from this pandemic. One issue is that your phones speakers will just not cut it. So buy a tripod for your phone so the viewer can have a wider view and invest in a decent bluetooth conference speaker to put on the dinner table for perfect speaker and sound.
Ok after the scandals and your Zoom fatigue you are going to tell me “you want me to have a screen just for zoom and give my data to Facebook?, are you crazy?” But hear me out. If your desk is big enough, this is a really interesting device. Firstly the array of microphones and speakers make it a far better device for doing calls on than your laptop. Second and most importantly, the camera itself uses AI to track your movements. So that you are always centred. This has been shown to reduce zoom fatigue and provide for a much more natural conversation. The reviews have been surprisingly good so take a look and then give it a try
Arlo Video Door Bell
The WIFI connected door bells continue to get better and better and this is the first year that I am including one here. It is definitely a close call between the Nest doorbell and this, both are excellent. However, Arlo has some interesting AI features (can distinguish between dogs, people and packages) also stops some intruder warnings automatically when you are at home using geofencing. These things are charged with battery packs so no need to rewire your house
Smart Heater Switch
During lockdown one of the most shocking things was just how much my electric bills shot up. I managed to get my bills down from $500 to $150 and one of the ways was investing in a connected hot water switch. There is no need to keep your hot water switched on all the time. Realistically you mostly shower at the same times each day. Having it on a timer but also being able to control it on data at any time has resulted in huge cost savings. This device literally paid for itself within a month! Not to mention the pleasant glow you will have from saving the environment
WINNER of Gadget of the Year 2020: Playstation 5